Posts Tagged ‘non-sticking cookware’

High-Quality Titanium Cookware

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Nonsticking titanium cookware is pretty new in the field of high-quality cookware. It’s still very expensive and surely not a low-budget item. But if you are looking for premium cookware, then price won’t be your first consideration anyway.
Titanium used at Guggenheim Titanium is great for cooking because it is both extremely strong, durable and lightweight. I myself am currently looking at some Titanium cookware because I’m kind of always on the move, traveling a lot and moving a lot too. I recommend you go to a store and just hold a titanium pan in your hands to get the actual experience of how it feels to have a titanium pan in your hand – it’s extremely light and great for road trips, canyon tours, or backpacking. And I dare to say that it could be the perfect hiking cookware too.
Health-conscious cooks will be specially fond of the fact that titanium is great for low-fat cooking without you having to handle the cookware carefully like you have to do it with Teflon cookware, which, once scratched, shouldn’t be used anymore because of the possibility of leaking of dangerous poisonous substances into the food.
Other than with some other kinds of non-sticking cookware Titanium is also a safe material for cooking equipment – no toxins will be released if you scratch it (and did I mention that it’s scratch proof? And how about that it won’t bend or warp even if you use it to cook on high flame for years and years?).
The food will also taste great because titanium doesn’t contaminate the food with any coating materials or metal byproducts.
Titanium in deed is the metal that is the strongest compared to any other metal that is as light (or if you want to get fancy you can say that it has the highest strenght-to-weight ratio of all metals).

So again, if you’re an “on the road cook” who’s traveling a lot, or if you are mobile cook (I was surprised about this – there are actually cooks that come to your house and cook for you in your own house! A private chef for rent so to speak) then titanium cookware is definitely worth looking into.
I recommend you also read other articles on high-quality cookware or email me your questions about high-quality cookware at info@highqualitycookware.com

High Quality Glass Cookware

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Glass cookware is a good choice specially for baking, but some kinds can also be used on the stovetop. One advantage of glass cookware is that it has good heat conductivity characteristics at a pretty good pricepoint – which also means that a lot of cooking time can be saved that would be necessary for other materials to just heat up. Many people also like the fact that they can use their glass cooking equipment not only to cook and bake, but also to store foods and even serve foods on the dinner table that is still inside the glass cookware and it looks nice. This is specially true for foods like lasagne, tiramisu, potato bake and the like.

People who often use the microwave will love the fact that they can place their glasscookware in the microwave – which isn’t true for aluminum. I’m not a big fan of microwave and some studies suggest that microwaving food isn’t a good way to heat up your meals because it might damage nutrients, others claim that it’s radiation is harmful. For me it’s just the taste – microwaved food tastes different from cooked food and I prefer the old school way.

Although glass cookware is much heavier than aluminum or even stainless steel it is easy to clean and will look like new for many years if handled properly.

Another downside of glass cookware is that it is sometimes not easy to handle because of it’s design and weight. Most of the time you’ll need to put on heat-protective gloves.

There is both non-stick glass cookware n and pure glass cookware available. Non-stick glass cookware is simply coated with a protective layer. As with all non-stick cookware this needs special care in maintenance – for example no scrubbing with steel wool, no harsh detergents, no wire scouring pads but instead handwashing with hot water and soap.

If you are looking for non-stick glass cookware you should definitely be ready to invest some money as when it comes to non-stick you either want high quality (which is expensive!) or none at all. Cheap nonstick-coatings will cause you so much nuisance along the way that the high-quality choices will actually end up being cheaper in the long-run. However, keep in mind that nonstick cookware still isn’t as durable as other kinds of cookware. Manufacturers might tell you that you can put it in the dishwasher and it will be with you for twenty years or more, but reality still is different from my experience and the experience of my chef-friends.

Non-Sticking High Quality Cookware

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Today we live in a convenience world. Everything should be as easy and convenient as possible – it’s one of the reasons why our society is so successful because we often make the most efficient use of our time. Non-sticking high quality cookware fits right in.

We used to be bigger families a hundred years ago, with several generations living under the same roof. So each meal was cooked for a dozend people and afterwards there was a long cleaning procedure, scrubbing pots and pans for hours.
But today we are often single households, or a family with one or two kids. The old tools of the kitchen chef just don’t make sense anymore for most of us. We need something that is easy to use and easy to clean. All you need to clean nonstick cookware is a soft sponge and warm soap water. You shouldn’t put it in the dishwasher (even if the manufacturer says you can – it will definitely shorten the lifespan of your nonstick cookware).

While there are some cheap nonstick cookware items around I would strongly advice you NOT to buy them. Instead either go for a cheap aluminum pan or be ready to invest more money in your kitchen equipment and get a really good nonstick cookware set. That’s the thing with nonsticking cookware: either expensive quality or not at all! Cheap cookware won’t do you any good, believe me. Currently I don’t know of any kind of nonstick cookware that will last nearly as long as for example stainless steel cookware, but a good set will still last you for many years if you take good care of it. A cheap set however won’t be usable for a long time, often already wearing off a couple of weeks after you first used it.

Another benefit of nonstick cookware is that you will need much less oil. This also is a good accomodation to our modern lifestyle. We used to be hard physical workers, but nowadays we are what Peter Drucker called “knowledge workers” – we work with our brains, not our muscles. This caused a change in our dietary needs, specially we need much less fat.

So the point I really want to make here is – if you choose nonstick kitchen equipment then be ready to spend more and invest in a good high-quality cookware set.